Subsidised bus route U-Turn by Derbyshire Tories

Subsidised bus route U-Turn by Derbyshire Tories

Transport
Conservative-led Derbyshire County Council have recently announced proposals to cut 26 subsidised bus routes across Derbyshire in a bid to save £1m in 2018-19. It is estimated that 13 of the routes will cease operating all together as they haven't been taken up by private companies. One Derbyshire resident said, "Just to save 1 million - the bus service is worth much much more to lots of people." Another said, "I think the elderly and disabled do deserve their free travel. Surely Conservative led austerity could come from other areas?" Now let's take a look back to 2017... In 2017 Derbyshire Conservatives manifesto pledged to 'protect subsidised bus routes' if elected to run Derbyshire County Council. North East Derbyshire District Councillor, David Hancock said: "I am absolutely gobsmacked - many vulnerable people backed…
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Fixing Rail Franchising Policy

Fixing Rail Franchising Policy

Transport
Lib Dems announce plans to reform the way rail franchises operate in England; after an emergency motion was agreed at our Spring 2018 conference in Southport. This motion will now form part of Liberal Democrat policy - which is shaped by the membership at each conference using a one member, one vote system, meaning every member that attends conference can vote for or against policy proposals. The full text of the motion is as follows: Conference notes with concern that: On 5 February, the Government announced that Virgin Trains East Coast had broken its financial covenant and will cease operating within months. This is the third time in 11 years that the company operating the InterCity East Coast franchise has collapsed due to financial difficulties. Passengers on the Southern, Thameslink…
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Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Community, Consultation, Traffic, Transport
Local Liberal Democrats in Clay Cross, Tupton, Grassmoor, Wingerworth and Holmgate have launched their campaign to introduce 20 mph speed limit zones in the centre of their towns and villages to reduce speeding. Speaking about the campaign, Cllr David Hancock said: "This is one of the biggest issues local people have raised with us during the County Council elections; so we thought we would start our campaign to drum up as much support as possible before we approach Derbyshire County Council for some assistance in making this a reality." Lib Dem Campaigner, Sam Jones added: "I live in Clay Cross and we have major problems with people speeding along roads such as Thanet Street and High Street; both of these areas have children crossing them on their way to school…
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400% increase in costs shows Transport shambles – Lib Dems

400% increase in costs shows Transport shambles – Lib Dems

Transport
The National Audit Office has released a damning report into the Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train scheme which has rocketed 400% in costs. The scheme was aimed to test the viability of operating tram-trains in the UK but was so troubled that in 2016, the then Permanent Secretary recommended stopping further work on the project. Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This project has been a total disaster from start to finish. The fact they can’t keep control on a flagship scheme like this shows what a total sham the Northern Powerhouse really is. This report is an auditors version of a character assassination. It is utterly damning. “With costs running at 401% over budget it doesn’t give a lot of hope for future projects that were…
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